Manchester United face Aldershot in the last 16 of the Carling Cup, hoping to erase the memories of their humiliation at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday.
SIr Alex Ferguson’s men travel to Hampshire barely 48 hours after being savaged 6-1 by City at Old Trafford, with the manager desperate to shake the defeat out of his team’s system as quickly as possible.
“You have to recover,” Ferguson declared after Sunday’s mauling. “In the history of Manchester United, it is another day and we’ll recover from this, there’s no question about that.”
Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth is hoping his team can conjure up the spirit of Wimbledon’s “Crazy Gang” as they prepare to face United.
Holdsworth, who played at Wimbledon for five seasons between 1992 and 1997, is looking forward to pitting his managerial skills against Ferguson.
“This game will be the biggest honour of my footballing life. To stand in a dugout next to Sir Alex will be unbelievable, he is a genius,” Holdsworth said.
“I can’t wait to shake his hand and challenge myself against him. But I do believe we have got a chance of getting a result.
“I always say when the odds are against you that’s fine, but what the odds don’t know is this is only a game of football.
“If we do things right on the pitch we will do well, we have a good side.
“I’ve played at Old Trafford, I’ve won there – and now I want to get through to the next round.
“I think Sir Alex could probably do without this game, he’s got bigger things to worry about than little Aldershot.
“But one of the biggest clubs in the world are coming to us, and we’ll love this moment. Just as Wimbledon loved being against the world.”
Ferguson, whose side beat Leeds in the previous round, is likely to shuffle his line-up with the likes of Park Ji-Sung, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen expected to feature against Aldershot.